FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett rushed for a 27-yard touchdown in a initial entertain of a New England Patriots’ 27-0 win opposite a Houston Texans on Thursday night, and privately delivered a football to manager Bill Belichick on a sideline after a play.
Then, after a game, Belichick delivered it behind to Brissett in a behind-the-scenes celebratory impulse in a locker room, as a QB was awarded a diversion ball.
“I was only holding a round for him, that’s his ball, his initial touchdown ball, so that will go adult on his prize [case],” Belichick said.
For his part, Brissett — a third-round breeze choice out of NC State (91st overall) — relayed that he didn’t have many nerves before a game.
“A lot of a maestro players stepped adult and helped me a lot, only giving me confidence, a coaching staff gave me confidence, and all went from there,” he said.
The coaching staff, led by descent coordinator Josh McDaniels, tailored a diversion devise to take advantage of Brissett’s using ability — he totaled 283 carries for 902 yards and 12 touchdowns during NC State (2014-15) and Florida (2011-12) — by blending some option-type plays into a attack
The 27-yard touchdown was one such instance as Brissett ran to his right and found copiousness of room to that side.
“I was only using until we got stopped, so it worked out how we planned, and we only had to make one man skip during a finish zone,” Brissett said.
The touchdown helped a Patriots gain on good margin position that was combined when using behind Brandon Bolden forced a fail on a Charles James kickoff lapse that was recovered by reserve Duron Harmon during Houston’s 22-yard line.
A fake start chastisement on right tackle Marcus Cannon pushed a Patriots behind to a 27, and that’s when Brissett took off. He tucked a round fast after a snap and could have left out of finish nearby a finish of a run, though instead lowered his shoulder and powered his approach into a finish zone.
Brissett’s TD cost one Las Vegas sportsbook a five-figure loss.
The QB was offering during 30-1 to measure a game’s initial touchdown during MGM’s sportsbooks. Jay Rood, MGM clamp boss of competition and sports, told ESPN his emporium took adequate bets on Brissett to means a residence a five-figure loss.
“Let’s only contend we were not rooting for that,” Rood said.
The Patriots non-stop as 2.5-point underdogs progressing in a week during some books. The line changed in New England’s preference heading adult to kickoff and finished adult shutting during Patriots minus-1 during a MGM and collect ’em during other sportsbooks.
Despite a line transformation toward a Patriots, a infancy of a income gamble was on a visiting Texans.
At William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook, 61 percent of a income gamble on a diversion was on a Texans. Sportsbook user CG Technology and MGM reported identical transformation on Houston.
“If Pats reason on, all is good,” Rood pronounced before a diversion went final.
ESPN’s David Purdum contributed to this report.